Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, 57, recently announced plans of going into space aboard the rocket ship built by his company Blue Origin.
American business magnate Bezos said he and brother Mark will be blasting off this July 20 aboard his New Shepard capsule on the “world’s crewed mission to space.”
Bezos, who is ranked as the world’s richest human being with a fortune estimated (by Forbes and Bloomberg) at over $200 billion, said he invited his brother to join him on the historic flight because “we’re closest friends.”
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do all my life,” he was quoted as saying. “To see the earth from space, it changes you.”
Reports said the New Shepard will climb to an altitude exceeding 100 kilometers to the Karman line which marks the recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and the blackness of space.
Should Bezos finally achieve his dream, he will beat fellow centi-billionaire Elon Musk of Tesla for bragging rights of being the first to space.
Blue Origin and Tesla are presently engaged in a bitter struggle for ascendancy in the so-called space race with NASA, with Tesla drawing first blood after its SpaceX arm bagged a $2.9-billion deal with the U.S. space agency to develop a “moon lander” system for its astronauts and other stuff.